Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good morning, everyone, and happy Monday.
I wish to thank my honourable colleague for putting forward the amendment. However, having read it over, I disagree in terms of the intent of the amendment. This amendment should be rejected, in my view, because obviously, it would remove the requirement for journalism organizations to be designated before they could qualify for the purpose of the three journalism tax measures.
Also, it would remove the requirement for the participation of a body of experts who would then be able to apply their expertise to questions such as what constitutes original news content.
Finally, Budget 2019 is very clear about the independence of the media, indicating that an independent body must determine whether journalism organizations are eligible for the three tax measures.
Chair, those are my remarks.